An A-Z Guide To The Search For Plato's Atlantis

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Aksyonov, Andrei (L)

Andrei Aksyonov was a deputy director of the Institute of Oceanology of the Soviet
Academy of Sciences when he revealed in 1979(a) that photographs of man-made walls
and staircases had been taken at a depth of 200 feet in the Atlantic, 275 miles
southwest of Portugal, by a colleague, Vladimir Marakuyev. The location was the
underwater summit of the Ampere Seamount, part of the submerged Horseshoe

The  controversial images had been taken a few years earlier and consisted of two
photos. One shows eight stones, four rounded, four square, in a line just over
a metre in length. The second has three equally spaced stones which appear to
be part of a staircase. Aksyonov, believed that these ‘structures’ had once
stood on dry land, but did not claim them as Atlantean. However, a 1979 newspaper report(a) contradicts this.

However, a couple of years later when better quality images were obtained Akysonov declared that the original features were natural, ruling out an Atlantean explanation.

A somewhat indistinct  copy of the image of the wall was formerly online, which  seemed to have been copied from Charles Berlitz’s book, Atlantis, the Eight Continent[166].

This is no more convincing than Sarmast’s mile-deep wall off Cyprus.